Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, and Jean-Luc Godard win Oscars (but not on TV)

coppola-wallach-godardImage Credit: Insidefoto/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty ImagesThis year, the Academy has decided to give out the honorary awards off-camera, at a dinner on Nov. 13. So, naturally, they pick a bunch of winners we’d actually like to see on TV. (Bummer.) The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola will receive this year’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, while Eli Wallach and French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard will be both be getting special lifetime achievement Oscars (along with British film preservationist Kevin Brownlow). Personally, I’d stay up late to watch this group of heavyweights getting richly-deserved gold. How about you, Popwatchers?

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  • tracy bluth

    Seriously. This is like when they gave Lauren Bacall an honorary Oscar and we didn’t even get to hear her give a speech.

  • dctoronto

    Typical. Keep pandering to the lowest common denominator. Maybe they should get Justin Bieber and Snooki to host. Oh to hell, just cancel the whole show and replace it with a re-run of the MTV movie awards.

  • Keil Shults

    Think of everything Godard and Coppola have offered this world, and how great it would be to expose the younger generation to the highlights of their film careers. The fact that a loving, televised tribute is being scrapped so that we can have room for lame dance numbers and commercials is a travesty. I really hope they reconsider this, and not only because The Godfather is my favorite film of all time.

  • JuanArt

    The public is being ROBBED of seeing much deserved luminaries…It’s a travesty that these [older] stars don’t get their chance on prime time TV. I though Betty White had taught us all lesson….
    ACADEMY: I hope you’re listening.

  • Stacie

    That’s going to be one crazy party.

  • TOM

    This is another example of the travesty this award show goes through to attract ‘the right viewers.’ Sure, what high school kid is going to tune in to see a montage of Godard films? What twentysomething knows who Eli Wallach is? And the average DWTS/AIdol viewer that ABC so desperately wants to attract is not going to ‘click to another channel’ when FFC starts to give a thank you. This award show should be moved to The Turner Classic Movie channel – for film lovers only. This only seems to downgrade our cinematic appreciation so the advertisers could cram in more Revlon and Coca-Cola commercials and the average viewer will stay tuned to see what Miley Cyrus is wearing or how a ‘Twilight’ member looks.

  • Brian

    I would actually like to see them say their speeches at the Oscar Ceremony.

  • Kate

    I would LOVE to see Mr Wallach receive his Lifetime Oscar and more importantly hear what he has to say. Very disappointed to not get that chance, really what are they thinking!!

    • iggy

      I agree…love Eli Wallach. I also agree with Tracy B about Lauren Bacall. I think it is ridiculous that they fill the Oscars with stupid “bits” that make the presenters look moronic, when they could be using that time on actual screen legends that might actually have something worthwhile to listen to.

  • charmuse

    what a gyp

  • Nathan

    I think we should demand that those 3 gentlemen all get air time on Oscar night, I’d love to see Godard on stage with a nice montage of his work.

  • Ceballos

    Put THIS stuff back…less montages!

  • Zach

    Isn’t the whole point of the honorary Oscars, much less the Oscars in general, to celebrate the works of great artists so they can be remembered by future generations? I can’t think of anything more illuminating and interesting than a Godard montage reel during the America-centric Oscarcast.

    • Gabby

      It would be the point if it weren’t on TV, where everything is secondary to making as much money as possible.

  • keith

    A shame. Instead we’ll get some nonentity JLo whom the producers think will attract people to watch (the type of people who won’t watch regardless) introducing some stupid montage.

  • laura

    Yes, I love watching the honorary Oscars. These are usually the best speeches of the night. Loved Peter O’Toole’s speech a few years ago, touching and witty. The Oscars are more concerned about ratings rather than honoring the tradition and history that should be part of the awards. Yes, let’s have a montage of people out running giant fire balls rather than showing theses honorary awards. What a slap in the face.

  • happycat

    It makes NO SENSE to receive an honorary Oscar and NOT have it presented at the Oscars. This is ridiculous. Those tributes are MUCH more worthwhile and memorable than a lot of the scripted and often cringe-worthy banter between presenters, or some of the drawn-out, over-the-top musical numbers. Stanley Donen, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Barbara Stanwyck are just a few of the honorees that I STILL remember watching and being moved because of the quality of their work AND their class and graciousness. I would’ve LOVED to hear Lauren Bacall’s acceptance when she was honored last year. Shame on the Academy.

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